Northern Ranger Heads South - New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

We have had a change of heart - a while ago we had the opportunity to trade up to a Nordhavn 50. It was too much of a deal to pass up, and although we absolutely love the 46, we saw an opening for dealing with the un-acknowledged two foot ( four foot) itis and we bought Worknot, an N50 we had the pleasure of meeting on the 2015 Cubar cruise. The story has unfolded through this blog somewhat - and now we have done the Cubar 2017, in our new Northern Ranger II - another stellar Nordhavn that we have totally fallen in love with. 

In a perfect world, we would be able to keep the 46 up in Canada and cruise her around the Pacific Northwest, but that is not possible. We are hoping that someone will fall in love with her the way we did, and we will once again be a one boat family ( I lie .... we have about 14 little boats up at the lake and down on the coast and on the 50 - but it would be nice to divest ourself of the 46 and make someone else's life perfect the way ours was when we found her.

And so the story continues - we are back in Mexico, the future is unclear but I see more cruising ahead! And again, we have found the boat of our dreams, our forever boat, and we know she will take us on lots more adventures! 

Some photos from our two legs down to La Paz - Anacortes to San Diego, and then the Cubar Rally , from San Diego to La Paz!  

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Back at La Paz, Penny Takes a Cooking Class

This morning  I hopped on the shuttle with Kelly ( Corky Row) bright and early and we headed into town. Our destination was Nim, sister restaurant to Azul here at the marina. Both are wonderful restaurants,run by the same family .. and Kelly had arranged for some of us  to take a cooking class. Nine of us gathered in the kitchen, and led by their fabulous chef Christina ( I think!) we were given recipes and instructions on how to make a meal. Really?? A Meal??? for like 50??? Beef meat balls in roasted tomato sauce, prawn ceviche, chicken enchiladas in tomatillo sauce, pulled pork on black beans on a  sopa.... and flan. Oh and chicken taco soup. It was too much! all from scratch!  Our teacher and chef was totally unflappable, as we chopped and listened and asked questions, and her sous chef checked pots ( of which there were many) and cleaned our chopping boards ... it was a lot of fun and by noon we were all starving. 

She shooed us out of the kitchen, and we were led  into the restaurant to sit down while they served us everything "we" had cooked.

It was as I suspected -  way  too much food. Some of us tasted and put aside, some of us couldn't eat another bite and took most of it home, some of us ate each and every one. Lawrence benefited from my diminishing  appetite and what I was able to collect in a doggy bag fed him a very nice lunch including dessert!

After lunch a few of us headed over to the Brown Cow, a small grocery store ( it ain't no Walmart but it does the trick)... and stocked up on some supplies so we can hopefully make some of this food ourselves.

Now I need to sit down with the recipes and figure out what actually happened, there was so much activity ... and so many ingredients... I can hardly wait to make some of them... and I can hardly wait to get back to the restaurant.




Loved reading your blog Penny.   How will I know when you post something or do I have to go in and "look"?


 sandra nerreter  11/22/2017


How exciting for you!  A new boat is always a dream come true.  I came across NRI for sale on which brought me here, and I have enjoyed reading your blog entries.  It has been my life's dream to own a N46 for my wife and I to retire to, one day.  We can always dream!  Fair winds and following seas to you, and maybe we will see you along the way, some day.

 Jim & Tara  8/28/2017


---Reply posted by TimothySops on 2/14/2018
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---Reply posted by Penny Talbot on 8/28/2017
Hi Jim and Tara! thanks for the kind words... we have loved NRI and she is a wonderful vessel to retire on - hold onto the dream, and I hope that you find your forever boat waiting for you in the future! ( just not ours... although that would be lovely... but we would really like to sell her earlier than later.. she has many many miles end years of adventures in her yet and she needs to be out there making someone very, very happy!)

Looks kinda hot. Still be rainy and cool here for a few months. WAnt to trade? No really that sun can be very bad for your skin. And any more than 5 drinks a day can be bad for you, but need 7 for hydration, or at least good dance moves. What's a girl to do?

 BillC  4/27/2017


GREAT photos Penny !!!  Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure !!!!

Travel safe and we will see you soon, in La Paz at Costa Baja !!!


 Kim   10/31/2016


...getting up at 3 in the morning to look at the stars... I love it, such a picture in my mind. I'm so enjoying your travels Penny. I feel like I'm in your back pocket...learning so much about living on the water.

 Mary Lou  5/16/2016